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One to one workshop in the forest

It doesn’t happen very often, but when conditions are right, the photos are right there, in front of you. That’s what happened last Sunday during my workshop with a friend. I wanted to go to a new forest and I asked him if he knew about a place near where he lives. He said he had never been there before, but that the fog had set the previous night and that we would have fog until midday. I was in!

After a one hour drive I got to this beautiful place and the magic began. Autumn colors were showing already, there was a nice, thick fog, the beech trees had incredible shapes and the best thing was that we had the place for ourselves.

During my workshops in the forest, people often ask me how I compose and how do I achieve a specific mood. I understand that it can be a bit tricky with all the information we have in front of us, that’s why I think that foggy conditions as well as rainy mornings help achieving better results. You may ask why photograph in such dark conditions… but the truth is that dramatic scenes are more attractive than dull ones. Rain saturates the colors, therefore leaves look more vibrant. Fog helps composing the scene, it blurs the background, helping create more simple, yet more powerful compositions.

The key is to find a subject and try to photograph it in a way that the viewer will stare at it for more than two seconds (huge achievement nowadays!). Always look around, don’t stop when you shoot the first photo, I’m sure there are many other ways to find a different perspective.

I always compose through the screen, I feel it helps to check if branches are interfering in the corners, or if there’s anything we want to leave out of the scene. Also, I always shoot with my editing in mind, so I usually underexpose in order to get deep shadows, because in a forest scene like this, you will have lots of dark areas as well as bright light in the higher part of the photograph, so why try to always expose everything?

I feel that the most important thing in my workshops is not just to learn the technique, but also to take the time to look around and feel lucky to be there at the right time in the right place. I feel it’s when I’m most creative and then during the editing everything comes easily.

I already mentioned this on a recent post on IG, and here it goes again… I don’t know what my photos may make you feel. I don’t want my photos to seem scary and I’m not trying to achieve the mysterious look either... I’m simply trying to convey a rather peaceful feeling, and definitely pushing you to take care of nature.

If you want to get more info about available dates for my landscape or online editing workshops, drop me a line to leireub@gmail.com :)

All photos were taken with a Fujifilm XT2 + 16mm f1.4

Brief adventure on a snowy Tuesday

I had three hours in between classes and my husband was working the afternoon shift. There was snow in the mountains so it only took us a couple of minutes to put on warm clothes and head out of the door. We don't have a proper sledge, so we took a couple of plastic bags to slide down the mountain. It was the best 3 hours e've had in a while. 

All photographs taken with the Fujifilm Xt10+16mm f1.4

Fall has come and gone

Fall is my favorite season. The weather starts to get gloomy, days are shorter, the sun doesn't warm as much, BUT forests look spectacular! I haven't posted a new blog in a while. Sorry!. The reason  is that I'm busy working with my colleagues of Wanderfilm planning on future portrait sessions and editing the ones we've already done, but I promise I've been going out as often as possible to catch the moody vibes of this season. I hope you like these!

*All photos taken with the Fujifilm XT10 + 18-55mm / 23mm 1.4 which has become my daily carry. 

It was worth it

It took me a while to get out of bed but as soon as I saw that the mountains were covered in fog and it was drizzling, I made a coffee, grabbed my camera and got in the car. Two hours later, I got back home, soaking wet and with a few mosquito bites. It was worth it though. It always is.

*Canon 6D with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art.

Intimate Wilderness

After several weeks of beautiful weather and high temperatures, we welcomed the rain and I couldn't be happier. The valley looks really green and the soil seems to be getting enough water. Hopefully it will stay like this for a few days and it will give me a chance to create some nice photographs as the fog keeps rolling down the mountains while creating a wonderful mood throughout the day. 

This morning when I woke up, it was pouring. I hesitated about staying at home or driving up to the forest, but in the end, I took my camera and two lenses and went in search of some intimate detail shots. It was relaxing and very peaceful, as you'll see. 

One of my goals for this year is to learn how to make videos. So I decided to give it a try and this is what I came up with. It's a short clip taken in the same location where I took the next set of photographs. Hope you enjoy it!